27 October 2008
25 October 2008
GOOD JOB EVERTON! For keeping Man.U at 15 points in 8 games. hahahaha
And Kuyt again emerged as the saviour, the hero for Liverpool.... a prophecy on tomorrow's game? You bet!
24 October 2008
23 October 2008
I must say the 1st half is one of the best show ever by the LFC team. The passes was fluid and the control was quite magnificent. The goal was also good. Then the over confident thing slipped through as shown by Keane fancy miss-kick. Silly.
I’m a bit furious for the goal conceded. Carra was the culprit, alright. He has such a difficulty to handle long balls. That was the dejected feelings when Simao got the equalizer. It’s less than 7 minutes to go. This is un-Liverpool at all. I wonder what if we let Atletico score first, then we do the catch-up? It seems only in such situation LFC could win a game nowadays. So we lead, the chances is slim? Or is it?
22 October 2008
21 October 2008
Inter coach Jose Mourinho has named and shamed the players he feels are the biggest divers in The Premier League.
The outspoken Portuguese boss feels he can reflect with honesty on his years in England now he has moved to Italy to take charge of the Serie A champions.
Liverpool's Fernando Torres and Arsenal attacker Robin van Persie are among those singled out for criticism by Mourinho in an interview with Ford's FeelFootball.com.
"I am no longer Chelsea manager and I don't have to defend them so I think it's correct if I say [Didier] Drogba is a diver," stated Mourinho.
"[Cristiano] Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Robin van Persie are the divers who won more penalties during the last four or five years.
"English football criticises divers. In England, coaches teach the kids how to play a game of football but in Italy, Spain and Portugal, coaches teach the kids how to win a game.
"When players go England they need to adapt. Drogba today is better than he was before. Ronaldo is better than he was. And Torres will be better too."
Yet Mourinho feels players are right to go to ground in certain circumstances, believing it is "naive" if they try to stay on their feet when they are fouled.
"I hate diving, but I'm not happy if a player is kicked by somebody in the box and he tries to remain standing," he added on FeelFootball.com.
"It’s very, very rare a referee gives a decision if the player doesn’t go down so I tell players not to be naive, but to be fair."
20 October 2008
He’s un-mistaken moustache could be one of the memorable icon of the 1980s football, aside than his spaghetti legs (Rome, Final 1984) which was emulated to perfection by Jerzy Dudek in 2005.
Bruce David Grobbelaar (born October 6, 1957 in Durban, South Africa) is a former Rhodesian-Zimbabwean-British football goalkeeper.
Below is some story about him that I pick from wikipedia (research via Internet nowadays is ohh... so easy when you have wikipedia... hahahah)
During the period 1981–1994, Grobbelaar played 627 first team games for Liverpool, becoming known for his eccentric and flamboyant style. In 1984, the European Cup final between Liverpool and A.S. Roma finished 1-1 after extra time, and went to penalty shootout. As Roma's Bruno Conti prepared to take his kick, Grobbelaar walked towards the goal smiling confidently at the cameras lined-up behind, then proceeded to bite the back of the net, in imitation of eating spaghetti. Conti sent his spot kick over the bar. Grobbelaar then produced a similar performance before Francesco Graziani took his kick, famously wobbling his legs in mock terror. Graziani duly missed and Liverpool went on to win the shootout 4-2, making Grobbelaar the first African (Coluna, Eusébio, Santana, Costa Pereira and Águas were all born in Africa but Mozambique and Angola were under Portuguese rule and played for the Portuguese national team) to win a European Cup/Champions League winner's medal.
Whilst criticism is often aimed at him[who?] for his sometimes erratic performances, Grobbelaar was retained by three of Liverpool's greatest managers; Paisley, Fagan and Dalglish, over a period of 13 years. They all recognised that beneath the showbiz, there was one of the outstanding goalkeepers of his generation: he defended his eccentricity by claiming that, having fought in a civil war in Zimbabwe, he could appreciate that football is not as important as some people would suggest. His strengths were his gymnastic-like agility, and an unflappable confidence; even if he made a mistake, he would always want to be involved.
What about Grobellaar issue with match fixing? Read below :
In November 1994, Grobbelaar was accused by the British tabloid newspaper The Sun of match fixing during his time at Liverpool to benefit a betting syndicate, after being caught on videotape discussing match-fixing. He was charged with conspiracy to corrupt, along with the Wimbledon goalkeeper Hans Segers and Aston Villa striker John Fashanu, and a Malaysian businessman, Heng Suan Lim.
Grobbelaar pleaded not guilty, claiming he was only gathering evidence with the intent of taking it to the police. After two successive trials, in both of which the jury could not agree on a verdict, he and his co-defendants were cleared in November 1997. Grobbelaar later sued The Sun for libel and was awarded £85,000. The Sun appealed, and the case was eventually taken to the House of Lords where it was found that, though the specific allegations had not been proved, there was adequate evidence of dishonesty. The Lords slashed his award to £1, the lowest libel damages possible under English law, and ordered him to pay The Sun's legal costs, estimated at £500,000. In his judgement, Lord Bingham of Cornhill observed:
"The tort of defamation protects those whose reputations have been unlawfully injured. It affords little or no protection to those who have, or deserve to have, no reputation deserving of legal protection. Until 9 November 1994 when the newspaper published its first articles about him, the appellant's public reputation was unblemished. But he had in fact acted in a way in which no decent or honest footballer would act and in a way which could, if not exposed and stamped on, undermine the integrity of a game which earns the loyalty and support of millions."
Grobbelaar was unable to pay the costs and was declared bankrupt.
Ok... that's some history I inserted above. My point is that, such a glorious player like Grobbelaar has indeed left a good memory and tactical play which has benefited LFC, especially in 2005. I doubt if Reina would resort to it. Reina has his own ways of stopping the penalty shots.
19 October 2008
If you want entertainment (bollywood style), Liverpool is the team to watch now. it's just like in the movies. At earlier sequence, the hero (LFC) were beaten, assaulted and made look like a fool with Agger's blunder. Then some street smart guy (Agger) come up with a scheme to avenge the lost of face. He succeeded. By now, audience is either worked-up or starting to question, what the hell does LFC need the opponent to open the score before they can come up with such a brilliant tactics. Mind you, as a fullback, Agger left his post and instigate the blood for blood showdown!
Then it appears that Agger was the idiot again, together with Dossina when both of them failed to stop Valencia from crossing his ball to Zaki. When both of them attempted to block Valencia, it as if there's no way in for him. Not knowing what else to do, Valencia simply kick the ball and it rebounded onto Agger's leg. Then Valencia managed to fly the ball off to Zaki who then scored to what might be one of the contenders for THE BEST GOAL OF THE SEASON.
Now the introduction of El Zhar prompted me to text Sufi ``Egypt vs Morroco'' ( Zaki's from Egypt) and to our delight, Morroco won't be that far from Egypt's standard when el Zhar assisted in the 2nd goal, scored by Riera (this fella looks clearly trying his darn hard to score... unbelievable determination... and to a certain extend, frustrating when he go for glory when presented with a 50-50 chances ...).
The winning goal by Kuyt opened my eyes to the effectiveness of Jermain Pennant. He managed to play to his best last night with his aerial bombardment. Only I wish we still have Crouch to connect the balls. Luckily, one of them did got to Kuyt. Is he getting back his scoring touch? I do hope so. In the absence of Torres, I fear for the worst when LFC meet up with Chelsea.
18 October 2008
15 October 2008
Today, I see that LFC has a few titles on the headlines. At least 2 stories referring to players and the other, indirectly (Athletico Madrid banned for 3 matches... and how Liverpool is in the picture since we will fight them in the next Champions League game next week, how Torres is distraught because he won't be able to play in his old stadium and the loud protest by Liverpool supporters who already made arrangement to accompany the team in Madrid... that's a lot).
Xabi is again in the news. He was supposed to be exchanged with a young player in the Barcelona team (they have so many young and interesting player that they don't bother to give away one or two to others) and remember, Xabi is also a product of Barcelona (youth academy). He was unnecessarily criticise by Ranieri as not suitable for Juventus for being too slow. What the heck? This loco Italian must have been in amnesia. Does he meant Liverpool under Rafa, has been playing a slow system - so to fit Xabi... this is utterly ridiculous of Ranieri. And now, Barcelona is wanting Xabi... does it mean Barcelona is slower than Juv?
14 October 2008
One thing about the rain, what we have now is quite extra-ordinary. I believe we have been in the raining seasons way since the Ramadan (the whole month of September) until now. The pattern is consistent. It would rain either in the afternoon or late afternoon. And when it drops, it as if the rain spills a whole dam to the earth. It's good because we get a bit of cold weather.
13 October 2008
If you think I might stop over to fetch you guys, I doubt it. hahaha... You guys gotta come to me! The petrol consumption is enormous... And BMW Malaysia only giving me til Wednesday to return it back. isshhhhh....
12 October 2008
11 October 2008
Greetings to you. I found your blog when I was doing a google search on Kuching.
I am fellow Liverpool fan and was born just 5km away from Anfield! Although I am from UK my wife is from Sarawak (Serian)- We live in Dubai now.
Let's hope The Reds finally pick up the Premiership trophy this year -We've definitely made a good start.
Best Wishes Mike
Rizal Hashim .... how do you fancy this E 230? Not that expensive maaa... close to RM400k only. Sorry didn't have the opportunity to hitch you guys... hahaha
Stanley Wu has left a new comment on your post "I am a trucker...":
Ya...man...YNWA...Nice blog...u should be the LSCM supporter as well right?
Well, if possible, do visit my blog as well !!http://zernel.blogspot.com/
Let shoot down Wigan next week !!
I have walk not alone into Stanley's blog. He has the same template with me (must I change now?... hihihi) and wowseeee... he has some interesting memorabilia on Liverpool. And he offers it for sale to the highest bidder, I presumed.
Also some KFC items. hmmm... that part, I would have to study more. I think Stanley is turning his blog into semi-eBay. Good idea, man. In fact you do have some cool stuff.
Anyway, we welcome Stanley into our domain. Slowly but definitely we are gaining momentum in our Liverpool FC blogging. Let the music rolls...! (I'm listening to the Deep Purple and Gary Moore now... my God, I spend RM100 just to get the PLATINUM COLLECTION of Gary Moore a week before raya... speaking of recession and yet I spend like no tomorrow...)
Gary Moore was introduced to me by my cousin, who just bought the cassette entitled errr.. I don't remember but the very album consisted the ultimate song of his, STILL GOT THE BLUES. I listen to the song night and day for 3 days, until my cousin left. Darned I didn't have sufficient money to buy the tape. My pocket money in the 1980's was RM5 per week. The cassette (pirated) is RM5. I have to save 3 weeks to ensure that I won't go starving in the school and yet still managed to own the album. My dad is a bit conservative. He'll allow me to listen to the bands that he already vetted. Unfortunately, Gary Moore is not in that category (don't ask me why as I never ask him why). So now you'll understand why I couldn't care a penny to purchase those expensive Cd's. Even the Deep Purple album is a CBU version, direct from USA and of course, it cost me RM99. But I know, the quality both of my collection will remain till the day I die or til one of my off springs wishes to hear (they might termed them as THE OLDIES...) In fact, I get pretty annoyed when some of my staffs mentioned `you're from the old school' when they heard some 1980's music in my truck. That was U2 and The QUEENS. Am I that old? Yaaa Freddy Mercury died but Bono is the ambassador of THE UN.
For all of you out there : THE CHILDREN OF THE 80's .... like me (hahaha...) we must cherish and shall never discard our glory days when Kylie Minogue was the hottest chick on MTV with her locomotion... when Milli Vanili (is the spelling correct?) was thought as a genuine act, when MEN AT WORK introduced us the down-under joke, when the Iron Maiden innovated the Churchill speech within their song... WE SHALL NEVER SURRENDER... (Madonna was still a virgin...and Michael Jackson was still black) and Rick Astley... wow I remember all of my buddies trying hard to emulate his hairstyle...
09 October 2008
08 October 2008
The Liverpool manager has yet to hear from co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett about a new contract, despite his current one having only about 20 months to run. He is already being mentioned in Italy as a successor to Juventus boss Claudio Ranieri.
Benitez said: 'The problem in England now is that everyone wants to be successful too soon. It is a part of the game I don't like and I would prefer to have a long-term contract so I can have a long-term plan.'
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel aims to be playing again by Christmas after being assured that his knee ligament injury does not need surgery.
07 October 2008
In the meantime, there’s some sickening news emanating from Spain. According to one report, Real Madrid admitted that Agger was one of the target in the summer. If not because of Robinho saga, the deal could have been struck for Real to attain him. So the story goes.
To me, having the likes of Skrtel and Agger is highly important in determining the future of Liverpool Football Club. Bear in mind, our veteran fullbacks, Hyppia and Carra are already in their 30’s. Obviously, Skrtel and Agger is the replacement in-waiting. We understand and are trying as hard as we could to do so. We understand why for a multi-talented player like Agger wish to leave as he complained about his lack of playing time. But time will tell, how Agger is pretty important for Liverpool to achieve its dream this season and hopefully, Agger would appreciate how deep is the fondness addressed to him by all the fans, be it in Liverpool or at international level fan base. Of course, Agger himself have since denied the reports. When it involves Real, everything would be `not true’ initially, then suddenly, the respective player is already theirs. So how can we not believe the report? Hahaha….
06 October 2008
05 October 2008
01 October 2008
So, like most of you, I am waiting for 2.40am, the start of the Eindhoven game. Can't really elaborate much (bcoz of the lousy battery level) and I see you tomorrow or in a few days after I get reconnected with the Internet. I'm leaving in a city, not much an issue of infrastructure. More like an issue of priorities here. As I said, my folks is not Internet literate. To come to my sister's place is not a luxury to me, when you don't have sufficient automobile to move around... all my 5 siblings congregate here for raya but we only have 2 cars available! hehehe...
Thanks for all the raya wishes. I welcome our friend all the way from Dubai. Your spouse is from Serian. That's not that far from Kuching city. I believe Dubai is very much like Malaysia. All are Liverpool mad... especially with the ongoing take-or-not-over saga of Liverpool.
Bro Mike, please come back with more of your posting. Salute!
As for Rizal, you are not supposed to give your comment on my automotive write-up in this Liverpool blog. hahahaha... and another thing, the 407 article was not written by me! Check out D-Max Hi Def this Saturday. I LOVE TRUCKS!